Sermon: "The Teacher and You" by Randy Roberts
Part 3: Teacher
Prayer: Genevieve Koh Isidro
Pastoral Welcome: Joelle Reuer
Children’s Feature: Shawna Campbell
Scripture Reading: John 17:20–23, TNIV - Ken and Michelle Ballou
In the final part of Jesus’ prayer in John 17, Jesus addresses what just may be one
of the most difficult issues the church ever faces – the issue of unity in the church.
What does it mean to be one in the body of Christ? Does it mean that we are to
think the same way as everyone else in the church does? Believe the same? Practice the same? What exactly does it mean to be one in Christ? And just how important is this matter to Jesus?
If you wonder about how important this is for our Lord, then just consider these
words from his prayer in John 17: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for
those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one,
Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the
world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave
me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they
may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and
have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:20–23, TNIV. Italics added).
Today we consider this theme. And we do so in the context of a denomination that
currently faces this issue on a worldwide basis. Our desire is to be part of the solution—part of the oneness—for which Jesus prayed.
In the name and for the unity that answers the prayer of Jesus.